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  1. Continue with boat work. Added floor bottom made out of .5mm planks. Was very difficult to make them symmetric on both sides of imaginary middle line... 5 boards were cut and sanded to the correct size ans shape, small space between planks were left as well. Then a added a raiser that is glued across the frames. The seats are added next and this part of building process was kind of interesting. First i made all seats a bit oversized... So not being able to find correct size, i ended up with some older way of doing stuff. First i turned the boat upside down and traced the shape into piece of transparent paper. Then accommodating dimensions of boat interior since seat will be mounted on raiser, i draw another two lines representing position of the raiser. After that i marked all sits and cut them from the paper. The seats in stern area were glued to the transparent paper. The idea was to glue them all to the paper and cut all in one piece and glue to the boat. This way i don't have to deal with 4 small pieces separately. The final trimming was done before mounting. So the end result is like this.. And a bit of sanding with different sand paper sizes.. .. and have it ready for painting in white. For this i will try to mimic Chuck's color schema... It would probably take few layers of tinned white Tamiya acrylic color... Happy modeling.
  2. A bit of a work done on ship boat; sanded inside and outside. I did not like inside part; too much wood filler was visible so i decided to run a layer of planking on the inside. Not sure if this is historically correct but at the end will look much better than with filler. Planks i used are included in the kit and most likely they were meant for deck planking. I cut proper length and the width was 5 planks. Dropped into water bath for few minutes and dried with towel. Still wet i glued it to boat interior. Then i cut excess that was raising above the boat. The frames were cut and glued along side of the boat. Finished it for today and could not resist not to test it on the ship... The light was very bright and color is off; no white color inside.. Happy modeling.
  3. Finished up head rail area, sanded, cleaned and painted in flat black. Next will do protective varnish layer... I am actually very glad that this part was completed; the small scale of this ship part made it somehow difficult to get it right (well there is still room for improvement) and decent amount of wood filler was used to cover some imperfections during building process. After this, work on ship boat continued with carving inside of the boat using different carving knives and a round file positioning it in such a way that top of the file was facing down, inside of the boat and with left-right movement was able to file most of interior o the boat. I had to apply a bit of wood filler which will be sanded to the final shape. The layers are very tiny and not much wood available for carving and sanding. Sanded outside of the hull and also applied some wood filler for final sanding... Happy modeling..
  4. Thanks Lou. Yes it is buildable, i think it can be build from scratch as well but my worries were related how to get some pictures or plans to build one from scratch.. This one might turn out well..
  5. I will use kit provided boat. It appears to be nicely done so no need to do it from scratch. And i don't have Sultana' ship boat plans to follow. First i marked all parts on the laser cut sheet following markings provided with a kit plan. Kit includes boat building plan but i might deviate from it just because i follow Chuck' practicum. I don't think it is wrong to follow kit instruction, the end result will be similar but practicum provides more details and pictures. And someone already did a hard work on researching so why reinventing the wheels.. 🙂 Started by gluing all six lifts together. Then started to carve the hull. First marked the shape on the stern... .. and with different sizes of sanding paper, files and carving knives managed to get decent shape. At some point started to worry that this small boat will ended up in box-like shape just because there is no much wood to carve. But at the end was not that bad. Once satisfied with boat shape i glued boat keel. The original keel that comes with laser kit sheet snapped on me so i had to make another one tracing empty spaces on the sheet where keel used to be. The sheet has plenty of extra wood that can be used for this and other purposes.. Definitely will save it for later.. The center line was marked on the ship again, since the first marking i did was removed during hull shaping process. A small amount of wood filler was applied between keel and hull to make a hull more visually appealing.. More sanding will be done next to get final hull shape and continue with inside of the boat.. Happy modeling..
  6. Continued work on head timbers, tiny pieces; i should stop complaining about tiny pieces, should get used to them on Sultana by now... Anyhow, head timbers were build from .5mm think and 2mm wide scrap piece of boxwood. I even used my new scraper and made them to look like moldings, not sure if it is necessary but someone might noticed that detail if come close enough to the ship... Again, combination of Chuck' practicum suggestions, along side with other builders' log and little help from a plan, managed to get them all installed. I decided to do painting later, once they are mounted. It appears to be easier task to do painting later than to hold these in hand while painting. On top of that i had to add some more glue to make stronger bond between head timbers and rails... Here is first head timber in place; the piece was cut a bit over-sized once glue was dried. This leaves me some room for final shaping with sandpaper. Then i completed cheek knees building process by making last two parts... The shape was made with scraper, ..short bath in water... .. and shaping to follow the ship curve... Mounted and cut to size... Then i decided to make a head a bit more "complete". Not sure if it is historically correct but it will make the head piece looks better. The empty space between two head rails will be filled up with wood putty and shaped to fill the gap. I used small piece of toothpick to fill bigger gap and rest of it was completed with wood filler. So, now model wait for a day so wood filler dries out, than shaping and a nice coat of black paint will be applied. The protective coat of varnish will be done as well on all newly build parts.. Then i decided to work on a ship's boat...
  7. Thanks GrandpaPhil, Sultana is my second build but i am contemplating to work on one more, since i have some better understanding what to look for. I purchased unopened Sultana kit on garage sale for barely any money... but let me finish this one first... Cheers
  8. Wrapped up head rail building process today... Worked on second head rail, transfered the shape from first one to the piece of wood, carved, shaped, sanded with sanding paper and files. The shape was transfered to the scrap piece of boxwood. Cut excess wood with hobby saw and removed wood with carving tools. And carving.... more carving.. checking shape to the original one... Making the grove with home made scraper... Once done with carving, painted the layer of flat black and mount on the ship.. Happy modeling..
  9. No special tools, I cut excess wood with a hobby saw and continue carving with carving knife, #11 knife, sanding paper #80, #400 and #800. The time was the most useful tool since plenty of testing, shaping, retesting has to be done. There is no clear, usable plan drawing for this item... Cheers
  10. After some time spent in bending setup, the head rails were cut, painted and glued to the ship to meet with cheeks already on the stem. To provide as smooth as possible transition between two parts i used wood filler to fill out gaps. Sanding part will come up tomorrow. Using wood filler might not be quite acceptable in ship modeling but i think that end result is more important than material used in building process. These pieces are very tiny and fragile so it would be very difficult to make them in one piece. At least for me. Now, lets see how can we build/carve the head rails. I started with laminating few left over parts, boxwood, into one piece acceptable for carving correct shape. The shape was transfered from plans, cut and glued to the wood. So lets begin carving. I must say i am beginner carver, still have challenges visualizing an end result of carving process so this was a good exercise in proper direction. Repetitio mater studiorum est.. After about two hours or carving, sanding, measuring, testing, carving, sanding, retesting.... i was able to come up with a decent result. Then using my home build scraper, i made a a groove in head rail, then shaped and cleaned it with a piece of sanding paper folding to the size that can fit in the groove. The rail edges were sanded too with 800 sanding paper. Testing on the ship... I must admit that the hardest part of this whole process was testing and retesting. The reason for this is that is extremely hard to hold a ship and carving part in correct position, and mark with pencil extra wood that has to be removed. Unfortunately, only two hands available but managed to have it done... A bit more shaping so the curve is as smooth as possible and final testing on the ship.. I am still not 100 percent happy with a groove, it appears to be a bit choppy but will try to clean it tomorrow. In the meantime i made another laminated boxwood piece that will be used for second head rail... Happy modeling..
  11. Continue working on cheeks. Started with making a piece of wood that will be used for carving out of few pieces of leftover planking boards, glued together like in few previous posts. Transfered shape and start sanding and carving.. After light layer of black paint i glued them to the ship head. Then part of the cheek that extend to the ship was carved next... This part do require a bit of a curve so quick bath in the water for a few minutes and curved for tomorrow assembly.. Happy modeling..
  12. If more detailed pictures would be beneficial i can snap few extras...
  13. Timberheads are completed and painted in black. Finished carving of second cheek. Both of them were painted in black and glued to the ship head. Must say that carving is time consuming process especially on these small items. Then i applied a protective layer of varnish on whole deck and all deck furniture. That was all for today, not many pictures but time well spent.. Happy modeling..
  14. Timberheads completed, just a layer of black paint is left. Usage of pins appears to be really good move. Most likely without pin, timberheads will be very fragile parts. I have left few spares (with inserted pin) just in case something gets horrible wrong.. I have made plenty of plan copies so i can cut it and trace to the timber if needed. I had to make two holes in stem (not quite sure what technical term will be for these two holes), cut and traced the shape .. .. with a needle point tool made marks on the stem and then drilled holes with 0.44mm. First with 1mm drill bit and then with 1.3mm the holes were widened. A bit of file sanding and work completed. On this picture it is better visible that length of the stem is not quite appropriate and extra patch will be needed (or planing ahead and have longer stem at the beginning). Cheek knees.. another small and tiny parts to deal with.. now, i red Chuck' practicum ahead of time. During the making process i broke three knees. Most likely the wood is either tiny or i was not following wood grain but i ended up using "laminated approach". I glued three planks (1x3mm in size) lengthwise (like this ---), then glued two planks on the top of it ( --) and two another planks on the bottom ( --) getting it all in layers. This should be strong enough to take abuse by #11 knife and other shaping tools.. Since knees will be painted in black visible layers will not be an issue.. Started to carve... Completed for today; tomorrow a bit more carving... Happy modeling.

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